Martin J. Taylor

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Martin J. Taylor

Martin J. Taylor (right)
Born (1952-02-18) 18 February 1952
Residence Bramhall, Cheshire
Nationality British
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Cambridge
University of Manchester
Merton College, Oxford
Alma mater Pembroke College, Oxford
King's College London
Doctoral advisor Albrecht Fröhlich
Doctoral students Nigel Byott
Shih-Ping Chan
Robin Chapman
Erik Pickett
Notable awards Whitehead Prize (1982)
Adams Prize (1983)
FRS (1996)
Knight Bachelor (2009)

Sir Martin John Taylor, FRS (born 18 February 1952) is a British mathematician and academic. He was professor of pure mathematics at the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester and, prior to its formation and merger, UMIST where he was appointed to a chair after moving from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1986. On 5 November 2009 he was elected Warden of Merton College, Oxford, and took office on 2 October 2010.

Early life and education

Taylor was born in Leicester in 1952 and educated at Wyggeston Grammar School. He gained a first class degree from Pembroke College, Oxford in 1973, and a Ph.D. from King's College London with a thesis entitled Galois module structure of the ring of integers of l-extensions in 1976 under the supervision of Albrecht Fröhlich.


His early research concerned various properties and structures of algebraic numbers. In 1981 he proved the Fröhlich conjecture relating the symmetries of algebraic integers to the behaviour of certain analytic functions called Artin L-functions. In recent years his research has led him to study various aspects of arithmetic geometry: in particular, he and his collaborators have demonstrated how geometric properties of zeros of integral polynomials in many variables can be determined by the behaviour of associated L-functions.


Taylor was awarded the London Mathematical Society Whitehead Prize in 1982[1] and shared the Adams Prize in 1983.[2] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1996.[3] He was President of the London Mathematical Society from 1998 to 2000 and in 2004 was appointed Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society.[2] Taylor was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours.[4][5] Taylor received an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East Anglia in July 2012.[6]

Personal life

His hobbies include fly fishing and hill walking,[7] and he is an enthusiastic supporter of Manchester United.


  1. "List of LMS prize winners". London Mathematical Society. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Sir Martin Taylor FRS". The Royal Society. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  3. "Fellows of the Royal Society". The Royal Society. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 1. 31 December 2008.
  5. Morgan, James (31 December 2008). "Honour for Royal Society luminary". BBC. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  6. "University of East Anglia unveils 2012 honorary graduates". University of East Anglia. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  7. Who's Who 2010. London: A & C Black. 2010. p. 2257. ISBN 978-1-408-11414-8.
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Academic offices
Preceded by
Jessica Rawson
Warden of Merton College, Oxford
Succeeded by
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